Leaving the EU: No Deal

Part of Leaving the Eu: No Deal – in the House of Commons at 4:59 pm on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 4:59 pm, 19th December 2018

I thank the Minister for giving way. Members of the Committee are looking forward to taking evidence from him on no-deal planning on the Wednesday after we get back from recess. May I ask him a question about facts? No deal will mean that we lose preferential access to our nearest, largest and most important trading partners—the other countries of the EU, and the 70 countries to which we have access because of the 40 deals that the EU has negotiated. What assessment have the Government made of the additional cost to businesses of the customs declarations and rules of origin certificates that those businesses that export at the moment under that preferential access do not even have to think about, but will have to start making arrangements for the day after 29 March? How much will it cost them and what will it do to their viability?